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Towards equitable outcomes in secondary schools: Good practice

Published: 29 May 2014

This report presents examples of good practice in student engagement and achievement. The examples come from a sample of secondary schools, rated decile 5 or below with rolls of 200 students or more, who had better outcomes for students than other similar schools. ERO visited seven of these schools to find out the secret to their success.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Secondary
Good practice
Community
Culture
School community

Whole school buddy system

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate, all teachers are engaged in differentiated professional learning and development. Those with similar goals are ‘buddied’ with another staff member.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Leadership
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Te Muka Here Tangata – The strand that binds people

Published: 06 May 2021

This case study explores the impact of the 2020 Covid-19 events on Māori learners in English-medium schools, and the response of leaders, schools and communities in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Bicultural curriculum
Bilingual
East Coast region
English-medium
Cultural diversity
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Schools
School community
Te reo Māori
Whānau
Wellbeing
Māori immersion
Māori
Manaakitanga
Inclusive practices
Inclusion
COVID-19
Principals' performance
School leaders
Teachers | Kaiako
Whanaungatanga

Māori succeeding as Māori

Published: 04 Sep 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his school community to develop an environment where Māori learners are supported and can succeed as Māori.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Māori student achievement
Māori
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Stewardship: working relationships

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, the way in which school trustees and leaders work together fosters an appreciative and respectful environment that acknowledges the contributions of everyone in the learning community.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Purposeful education pathway

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The setting of academic goals that build toward purposeful educational pathways and career options begins early at McAuley High School and supports student choices throughout their schooling.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation
Curriculum
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Partnerships between home and community

Published: 04 Sep 2017

This school seeks every opportunity to connect with the groups within its multicultural community to support those groups to connect to one another as well as engage with the school and their children’s learning.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation indicators
Leadership
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Deliberate acts of leadership

Published: 13 Jun 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his teachers and Māori community to develop a bicultural school context within which both Treaty partners are acknowledged and valued. A teacher and members of the Māori community describe how this principal’s leadership has facilitated a reciprocal relationship between the school and their local Māori community.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Tracking for success

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The deputy principal at Kerikeri High School describes the process the school leaders went through to develop electronic systems and processes to track student academic success. The principal describes how the tracking tool alerted school leaders when students were at risk of not achieving and led them to consider ways to ensure students had further opportunities to succeed.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Success
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Building capability

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The focus on driving and sustaining improvement in outcomes in this school involves solution seeking processes typified by innovation and whole school participation. The principal describes the approach that supports this ongoing activity as more entrepreneurial than hierarchical.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Equitable opportunities to learn

Published: 12 Jun 2017

At this secondary school leaders and teachers have responded to students’ need for more time to achieve their goals. While not mandatory for either staff or students, lunchtime and after school learning sessions have become the norm.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Stewardship: strategic resourcing

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Manurewa Central School, careful financial management over many years has enabled the provision of high quality facilities and resources that enhance the school environment and learning opportunities available to students and their families and whanau and the community. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Resourcing
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Professional inquiry  

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of what drives improvement and innovation at McAuley High School. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Evaluation
Knowledge building
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Caring, collaborative, inclusive learning communities

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, students and teachers contribute to, and work in, a supportive learning environment characterised by manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Collaboration
Inclusion
Manaakitanga
Whanaungatanga
Evaluation indicators
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Student feedback: promoting teacher learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, leaders and teachers actively model learning behaviour for the students including eliciting student feedback on a regular basis

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Feedback
Professional development
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Learning leadership

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The team structure in this school supports the professional learning and development of leaders and teachers. Team members discuss their roles, responsibilities and the reciprocal nature of their interactions.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Learning
Equitable outcomes
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Visible professional learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, classroom teacher observations are a frequent occurrence and students report how they regard this as teachers actively modelling learning behaviour.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Progressions

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Students and teachers at Stonefields School describe how they use ‘learning progressions’ to build students assessment capabilities and teachers opportunities to be responsive to learner needs.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Curriculum
Teaching
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

The equal of everybody

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Driven by the conviction that everybody can achieve, leaders and teachers seek to overcome barriers to equity and excellence experienced by individual students at McAuley High School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Identity

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Māori educators and a Māori student draw from their own experiences to discuss the concept of identity and the central role schools play in the identity development of Māori students.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Identity
Māori
Equitable outcomes
Evaluation indicators
Culture
Language
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua